FORMER British Prime Minister, Mr Tony Blair, on Wednesday, disclosed that Nigeria has earned the respect of the international community over the peaceful conduct of the last general elections.

The former prime minister, who made the disclosure after a closed-door meeting with the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, at the Defence House in Abuja, maintained that “in the last few weeks, Nigeria has earned respect throughout the whole world.”

According to him, “there is enormous support for Nigeria now in the international community. The support takes into consideration the challenges that lie ahead and there is great confidence in the country.”

He added that he believed in the leadership of the president-elect and his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo, to do their best for Nigeria.

He said that, “If the same spirit and character that defined the election can be taken through these coming years to address the challenges, I think we can all have great confidence in the times ahead.”

Responding, Buhari told Blair that “The fact that it (just concluded election) was so successful is a major relief for us and to all people of conscience throughout the world.”

Speaking on what they discussed during the session, Buhari said: “We had a meeting and discussed how Britain and the United States were helping us in making sure that we conducted ourselves according to our constitution.”

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